"The Christmas bells from hill to hill
Answer each other in the mist."
~ Alfred, Lord Tennyson ~
Mixed in with all of the holiday cheer, a sense of low lying sadness lingers. I am aware of it, and feel it in my bones. Our losses are more acute in times of celebration and our hearts more open to the subtleties of pain.
I patiently allow for sadness inside me, and observe how it mixes itself up with joy and anticipation.